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tom



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 15, 2011 2:56 pm    Post subject: Hamstring Question Reply with quote

I did a little more damage to my hamstring at the Chicago Marathon this fall than originally thought. I am doing some body weight exercises to try to balance the quad and hamstring while gently stretching the hamstring but otherwise no exercise right now and definitely no running.

The hamstring still doesn't "feel" right. I'm not quite sure what I mean by this, but I still get weird pains from it occasionally. I'm not sure if it's healing or not. The physical therapist told me it should be completely healed in six weeks as long as I don't run or do anything too strenuous, which I haven't.

My question is, should I use the six week rule and ease back into running? Should I wait until it "feels" right, which may be never? I'm anxious to start running again but equally worried about doing more damage.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 15, 2011 8:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you can make it, try the 6 wks. I injured my hamstring 20 yrs ago, I did not let it heal right, and it bothers me every so often still.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 15, 2011 11:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

1L wrote:
If you can make it, try the 6 wks. I injured my hamstring 20 yrs ago, I did not let it heal right, and it bothers me every so often still.


Agreed. Hammys (and groins) need to fully heal.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 15, 2011 11:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Of course your hamstring doesn't feel right; it's been hurt and it also hasn't been used for a while. It will probably bother you a little when you start running again even if you are more or less completely recovered. While I agree that you need to be careful when you start back up, there are also risks involved with not starting back up with your running. Whenever you are hurt, you will tend to shy away from using the injured part of your body, which "trains" your body not to use that part of the body. After a little while, it's not going to like to start working again because of the time off that you have given it. I don't know if you are recovered enough to start training again, but, when you are, you will probably still have some discomfort.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 25, 2011 8:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If it's been 6 weeks and it feels wrong enough that it's bothering you, I'd get it looked at again. It can't hurt, and a few weeks of PT exercises to make you use it will help you as you get back into running.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 27, 2011 1:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hopefully you decide to give it enough time to heal. It takes a while for the hammy to be right. I think that what is important when you do start running again is that you do single leg exercises that will get hte hammy to start firing again or it will shut down and thus create other issues due to imbalances.
If you have any questions about specific exercises to do send me a message.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 09, 2011 10:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had some nagging hammy issues several years ago, and it seemed like nothing I did helped - taking time off, stretching, PT. Finally I had acupuncture with some pretty aggressive e-stim, and that took care of it. I know you've been to PT - have they done any needling or e-stim?
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 28, 2011 11:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Deep tissue massage can also be very helpful, worked for me...
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 31, 2011 3:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome Darryl!!
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